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Thread #65990   Message #3272789
Posted By: Lighter
12-Dec-11 - 05:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Billy Boy
Subject: RE: Origins: Billy Boy
Radriano, did you get those bracketed lines from Hugill? Or are they newly "folk-processed"?

"I have met many seamen from London, Liverpool, and South Wales who also knew this shanty. Like Terry states, it had many unprintable stanzas not lending themselves to easy camouflage."

The existence of so many singers and unprintable stanzas suggests that it was rather well known as a shanty.

Perhaps other collectors, aside from Terry, didn't mention it because it was both largely unprintable and, in the clean stanzas, indistinguishable from the shore song. (I.e., "not really a shanty.")